Catriona Yule is an Aberdeenshire poet, short story writer and playwright. Her second collection of poetry and short stories, Night Train, was launched by Blue Salt Publishing in November 2012 as part of Book Week Scotland.
Previous work: Her first full length play, Birdhouse, was a winning entry in the WAC New Playwriting Competition and was staged at the Lemon Tree on 17 & 18 February 2009. She has also written two one-act plays. Two Seconds was performed in May 2008 at Woodend Barn, Banchory during the Wordfringe festival and Kitten Heels was given a rehearsed reading at Aberdeen Arts Centre in 2005. In November 2007, her first poetry collection, Shedding Skin, was launched by Koo Press at Books and Beans and she has had poems published on Poetry Scotland (website) and in Orkney Writers Course publication from there to here, Homeless Diamonds, Northwords Now, Pushing Out The Boat, Lapidus, Storm, Spinners and Spoons, Journeys, The Tide Breathes Out, Decanto and Poems In The Wind, Vol. 1. Her short stories have been published in Pushing Out The Boat, The Eildon Tree, Showcase 2 and appeared on thestoryslot.wordpress.com. She is a member of Lemon Tree Writers and Aberdeen Writers Circle and performs poetry with the Blue Salt Collective who combine poetry and image with improvised music and dance (www.bluesalt.co.uk). To date she has read her work at Cafe Quirky in The Hague, St Magnus International Festival, Shetland’s WordPlay Festival, Sunart Festival in Strontian, The Fringe, Pittenweem Arts Festival, Word, New Words and Fraserburgh Lighthouse Museum. Read more at www.catrionayule.co.uk.
About writer's work
I write poetry, short stories and plays. I enjoy delving into the minds of characters and discovering their flaws and what makes them tick. My previous jobs have included trainee journalist, librarian and English teacher. All of these jobs have sparked characters in my head. In particular, my experience of teaching pupils with emotional and behavioural problems has fuelled my imagination and was the catalyst for my play, Birdhouse. I currently work as a self-employed English tutor (see www.creativetutoring.co.uk) and gain inspiration through tutoring secondary school pupils.
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Current events and projects
I am available for poetry and short story readings or workshops at writers’ group meetings, book festivals, social functions and in schools, health care settings or prisons. I am currently collaborating with Anne Murray, an Aberdeenshire ceramicist, to produce a series of workshops, an exhibition and book inspired by George Mackay Brown’s work and North East Scotland fishing community folklore from the early 20th Century.
Please contact Catriona through her website at www.catrionayule.co.uk